When Medical Supplies Do More Harm Than Good
When you’re in the medical profession and around certain substances all the time, you could develop an allergy or have an increase in allergic reactions that you weren’t expecting. Eczema, inflammation, breathing difficulties and other immune system reactions can become a real problem at work.
If you’ve developed an allergy to a particular substance and are looking for something allergen-free or hypoallergenic, a variety of products made with alternative components are readily available at Medco Supplies.
Symptoms: hives, red and raised skin, itching, scaling skin, labored breathing, irregular heartbeat, swelling
Latex shows up in many medical supplies such as gloves, IVs, catheters, bandages, adhesives and syringes. Latex can present a problem for you or your patient, even if you’ve never had a reaction before. Instead, try gloves made from nitrile or other products with a polyester or polypropylene base. Alternative medical supplies are readily available.
Symptoms: runny nose, itchy and watery eyes, scratchy throat, fatigue, sneezing
Items that shed microparticles, dust or powder can be a hazard for people prone to seasonal allergies. However, spunbonded-meltblown-spunbonded materials, such as lab coats, have a low particulate count and can be perfect for those who suffer from allergies. Also, a trip to an immunologist may help you find relief during the high-allergy months.
Symptoms: hives, itching, swelling of face and hands, difficulty breathing, dizziness, coughing, vomiting
Nitrile gloves, great for those who suffer from latex allergies, can sometimes be dusted with trace amounts of fish powder. Instead, try the powder-free variety to keep your patients and yourself safe from seafood reactions.
Symptoms: itchy nose, sneezing, watering eyes, swollen nasal passages, drainage in throat, runny nose
Some people have noticed a reaction to masks that are less breathable and have components that irritate them. Instead, try a more breathable mask with form-fitting wire or a mask that can be laundered to find relief from your symptoms.
Get your hypoallergenic medical supplies
When you’re looking for alternatives to medical supplies prone to irritating allergies, Medco Supplies is the place to look. Contact us today for suggestions of alternative products that can help you do your job with less discomfort. We can ship directly to your clinic in bulk quantities so you always have what you need.